In the Ranks of the C. I. V
With the City Imperial Volunteer Battery (Honourable Artillery Company) in the Second Boer War
The Boer War with the Horse Gunners Erskine Childers, the famed author of the classic novel of sailing and spying 'The Riddle of the Sands' served with London's finest-The City Imperial Volunteers within its artillery arm-associated with the Honourable Artillery Company. Childers-together with his enthusiastic colleagues from the professions of the city were keen to fight the Boers of South Africa and he has written an engaging and detailed account of his time with the regiment during the war. It is written in an easy informal style-of the kind that has ensured that his better known writing has endured for over a century-as he takes the reader through training to experiences on the battlefield itself.
Robert Erskine Childers DSC (25 June 1870 - 24 November 1922), universally known as Erskine Childers, was a British-born Irish writer, whose works included the influential novel The Riddle of the Sands. He became a supporter of Irish Republicanism and smuggled guns into Ireland in his sailing yacht Asgard. He was executed by the authorities of the nascent Irish Free State during the Irish Civil War. He was the son of British Orientalist scholar Robert Caesar Childers; the cousin of Hugh Childers and Robert Barton; and the father of the fourth President of Ireland, Erskine Hamilton Childers.